Many people think that in order live better, you have to do more. Work more & more hours and do more & more tasks. I have fallen into this way of thinking myself.
But, in fact, doing less can actually lead to achieving more. Pushing too hard can lead to burn out from doing too much, and your quality of work suffers. Other times, you’re so focused on getting through your to-do list that you don’t allow yourself time for creativity and new ideas.
7 Ways of doing less and thereby living better:
1. You’ll Be More Productive
Do you ever avoid simply starting on your To Do list because it feels overwhelming? Putting off work is just going to make the situation worse, and your list get even longer. Start by trying to completely eliminate one or more things on your list. If they are not absolutely essential to get done this week then cross them off.
Next instead of trying to multi-task to get more done faster try focusing on one activity at a time. Start with the most critical in terms of either importance or timing. Once it’s done go on to the next.
2. You’ll Actually Get to Do Things You Enjoy
If you’re always pushing to get more done, when do you have time for the things you really love? Your hobbies, your family and friends and even Me time are all important. If you are always trying to get more done, then you are short-changing yourself. Trying to do less, you’ll have more time for the things (and people) you love.
3. You’ll Be Healthier
Your body and mind will eventually suffer if you’re constantly on the go. How often have you heard of someone pushing themselves so hard they ended up sick or even in the hospital. That could be or maybe has been you. But when you choose to do less, you give your body and mind the chance to rest and recharge, leading to better overall health.
4. You’ll Be More Creative
Thinking creatively and being creative is hard when you have too much to do. But when you focus on doing less, you allow yourself to explore new ideas and develop innovative solutions. Incorporate some “quiet time” for you in your schedule and be amazed at how much your creative side flourishes!
5. You’ll Be Less Stressed
You already know that stress can affect your mental and physical health. But when you focus on doing less, you’ll have less to worry about and feel more relaxed. I am sure you have heard of stress causing headaches and stomach aches. It can also cause skin breakouts and eczema flare ups, not to mention emotional issues like depression and anger issues.
Crossing a few things off your To Do list can be an instant chill pill for you!
6. You’ll Sleep Better
Do you find it hard to get to sleep or maybe you’re like me and find it hard to stay asleep. There can be many reasons for not getting enough sleep ranging from room temperature to scratchy sheets. But one thing can definitely do it is if your mind is spinning with all things you need to get done the next day. Going to bed knowing you have a handle on what needs doing will definitely help for a better night’s sleep. Here’s a post that deals with this very topic:
Sleep Faster by Dealing With Worries
7. You’ll Be Happier
When you’re constantly hustling and grinding, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race and forget what’s important in life. But when you focus on doing less, you’ll have more time for the things that make you happy, and as a result, you’ll be happier.
Doing less doesn’t mean you’re lazy or not working hard enough. It simply means that you’re focusing on quality over quantity, and as a result, you’ll be more successful in the long run. So, whenever you feel overwhelmed, take a breath or two. Then focus on doing less strategically. Doing less really can help you live better!
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